Covid-19 infection in patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases: Patient’s perspective and descriptive analysis from a lower-middle-income country

Authors

  • Mehmood Riaz Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Saliha Ishaq Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Zaibunnisa Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Huzefa Jibril Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Saad Bin Zafar Mahmood Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.7161

Keywords:

Covid-19, Rheumatic diseases, Autoimmune diseases, Immunosuppressive agents

Abstract

The study was conducted to determine the severity of Covid-19 in autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic disease (AIRDs) patients and knowing their perceptions. All AIRDs cases with Covid-19 infection between December 2020 and February 2021 were included. A cross-sectional phone survey was conducted for perceptions. Twenty-one patients were analysed for severity of illness and 16 (76.2%) for perceptions. Mean age was 44.8 ±14.8 years, with 11 (52.4%) females. Two (9.5%) patients had severe disease, six (28.6%) required hospitalisation, and none expired. Hypertension 7 (33.3%) was the commonest comorbidity. Low dose steroids were the most used drug 9 (42.9%). Regarding perceptions, 10 out of 16 (62.5%) felt that AIRD made them vulnerable to Covid-19 infection. The most common reason of delay in seeking medical advice from the rheumatologist was closure of services for chronic diseases during the pandemic.

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Published

2023-09-13

How to Cite

Riaz, M., Ishaq, S., Zaibunnisa, Jibril, H., & Mahmood, S. B. Z. (2023). Covid-19 infection in patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases: Patient’s perspective and descriptive analysis from a lower-middle-income country. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 73(10), 2059–2061. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.7161

Issue

Section

Short Communication / Short Report

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